Animal Stories - Iridescent Shark

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Iridescent Shark Catfish are very graceful, elegant swimmers and beautiful fish to watch!
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Jeremy - 2009-12-18
We just got one in like a forty gallon tank, and it ate one of our fish.It's only an inch and a half long. My mom doesn't believe me. But w/e it'll be fun to watch it play out.

Mr Mike - 2009-11-23
There is website which you should visit if you want to find reliable exportor of pangasius product, that is . I found such suppliers here.

lindsay bell - 2009-11-21
I love how peaceful fish are, that is why I got my second tank which was a jewul 190 litres with built in filter and pump. It is in the corner of my room and the main attraction to my tank is my approx. 7-8 inch pangasius catfish who has no name as I couldnt decide on one. I have other catfish and mollies in my tank, but he is my favourite. I got him at birth and now he is around 3 and half years old. I wanted to go to a marine set up within my tank but I would never be able to give away my catfish.
My pangasius likes to eat flakes, pellets, algae pellets, bloodworms, dafnia, brine shrimp.. basically anything which is smaller than his head. I bought a new plec about a month ago, it was only in the tank 1 hour until my pangasius had eaten him =(...However, that will show me not to buy anymore fish as small as him haha..) He likes to be hidden and has his own territory within the tank. He sits under my filter, but when I walk in my room he will come up to the top as he knows he may get fed (greedy!). He is very chunky and his eyes are starting to glaze over. I think he may start to become blind. When I clean out the tank, which takes ages as well, I try not to take very long as the longer my hand is in the tank cleaning it, the more distressed he gets. Pangasius catfish are very 'bashful' fish as they seem jumpy and skitterish. Mine seems to swim as fast as he can around the tank banging into everything. Therefore, I would recommend taking out all orniments carefully when cleaning so that they do not injure themselves. I have also started taking mine out of the tank when cleaning as he calms down a lot whem I'm not in the water fiddling with things.
I have been able to hand feed him as well, believe it or not. When he is not so scared I will hover my hand over the top of the water so he thinks it's just normal feeding time. Then when he gets near the top I get some peas and give them to him. He loves peas for some strange reason. I have been doing this since he was a baby, that's why he will do it.
If you are new to these types of fish I would recommend doing a bit of homework on them. I am only 17 and I'm still trying to get it right after having fish for most of my life. So do some research.

Konho Kim - 2009-05-15
Thats weird, I don't think Pangasius are bad. Honestly it's just that I haven't seen all of yours. I am 13 years old, but had 5 years of experience and my dad is a fish expert, he had about 20 years of experience. We have 3 pangasius sharks in our 75 gallon fish tank. All three are about 5". I got them when they were 1" ACTUALLY. I got them when they were very young. Yes I have experienced them being spooked and faint. But mine got used to it and stopped freaking out, and started to relax. I did not have any fish die or get eaten in my fish tank. If you believe it or not I have a Tiger Oscar, Pangasius, Red belly pacu, Clown Knife, 2 neon tetras, angelfish, gourami, rainbowfish, 6 black tetras, 4 jewel tetras, 2 algae eaters, a cory, clown loach, and a black kuhil loach. People always say my tetras will get eaten by my clown knife, pangasius, Pacu, and oscar but none of them did. They are all alive and healthy. EVERYONE told me to NEVER put a Tiger Oscar in my aquarium saying it's too agressive etc, but I gave it a chance (Many reasons) and the oscar is not agressive AT ALL! It gets along and is very healthy. I know all my fish will grow HUGE, but I'm ready for it. Once my Pangasius grows I'm upgrading to a 125 gallon tank, and sooner or later I'll have to upgrade again.

fishyfriend - 2009-04-11
Although these catfish are adorable, colorful, and small when juveniles, DO NOT purchase them for your home aquarium. They attain a very large adult size, and quickly outgrow most aquariums. Unless given a very large, spacious tank/ pond to reside in (think at least 1000 gallons)these fish will suffer when contained in small tanks and eventually die from stress. In my opinion, it is unethical for pet stores to sell this species to novice fish-keepers. It is animal cruelty to keep such an animal in cramped living conditions (it's unreasonable for pet stores to sell these fish to ANYONE). About 5 years ago, someone gave me one of these fish as a gift. He quickly grew from 2" to over 9", and is stuck living in a 90 gallon aquarium which is far too small for him. The slightest movements or sounds can startle him and he often injures himself by bashing into the walls of the aquarium. Worst of all, I can't find him a new home, since almost nowhere has a large enough place for him and because most people don't want/can't care for a large pangasius catfish. So if you see these fish at a pet store, don't buy one...and realize that it's irresponsible for anyone to be selling them in the first place.

david - 2009-04-07
Hi, I've had Pangasius catfish for about 7 years. I bought them when they were about 1" long, they are now about 10" long. They are happy and feed well. Today I have noticed that they both have a red blob in side one of their eyes. On one catfish it's in the right eye and the other has it in the left eye. Please can you tell me what this is. thanks Dave

Vicki - 2009-02-23
I have a Pangasius Catfish that has outgrown my 75 gallon aquarium. He is beautiful and I like him and he lets me touch him when I clean his tank. However, he is just too large and I would not recommend keeping them in an aquarium. There are very few fish that I can keep with him that he won't eat. I am thinking about putting mine outside in my pond.

junior Demetrio - 2009-02-21
Hey, I feel really sorry for your fish. I hope you feel better. I just bought one for my 13th b-day and I hope that doesn't happen to me.

AJ - 2009-01-05
I am 13 years old but have always loved fish. When I was 6, my parents bought me a 5!! gallon tank and a Pangasius Catfish.
The reason was the pet store said it would be OK. But I've seen large Pangasius Shark Catfish online... they get to be the size of a medium-sized dog! Please do NOT buy a Pangasius Catfish (or any other fish) on impulse until you know everything about them! Our Catfish got spooked one night and jumped, slammed into the lid, and died.
Do not purchase this Catfish until you can give it 300 gallons! because our fish lived its last month in a tank that was 60x smaller than its minimum tank size. These beautiful creatures are not for the average "I-Just-Want-A-Tank-Full-Of-Fish" aquarist. They should also have a round/cube tank. They will often refuse to eat in aquaria and when they come from an LFS infested with parasites.
These fish shouldn't be sold at pet stores. Buy from online supplyers, where fish are kept in pristine water in suitable tanks, shipped to serious aquariasts, then GO FOR IT!!

MrsFitz - 2008-12-15
HELP!! My two "ids" are ancient, 22 years old. Grew to be about a foot long each and then stopped. Naturally I've had them so long I'm quite attached to them. Suddenly one of them has a large white spot on his side and my friend who is fish savy said "fungus". I bought some stuff yesterday and am using it but wondered if anyone else had any ideas on how to cure my little old guys. Thanks.

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  • Queen_of_Aquatics - 2010-03-20
    Use pimafix and about 1 teaspoon aquarium salt for ever 15 gal